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Workers at Abrams Aerial in Lansing during WWII

Willow Run Memories — February 2017

Recent submissions to Willow Run Memories Project tell the stories of a “Rosie the Riveter” who helped make the legendary top-secret Norden Bombsights on Willow Run’s B-24 Liberator bombers, local residents who housed and helped Willow Run’s pilots during WWII, GM Powertrain memories from the 1980s, and a young lady’s memories of Willow Run Airport. Click here to see ALL submissions […]

Connected Vehicle at Willow Run Groundbreaking Ceremony

Yankee Air Museum/Willow Run Bomber Plant Welcomes New Neighbors: The American Center for Mobility

With great pleasure, we extend a big welcome to our new neighbors at the Bomber Plant Property! Ground has been broken for a new connected vehicle testing center right next door to us at Willow Run. On Monday, November 21st, 2016, hundreds of VIPs, government officials and other invited guests gathered to witness the official groundbreaking for The American Center […]

Willow Run Bomber Plant gets a fresh coat of paint!

Willow Run Bomber Plant Construction Update November 2016

We’ve Been Working On: Important Planning Work… In 2016, our primary focus has been on architectural, engineering, and infrastructure planning work prior to the next round of construction activities… and, of course, fundraising. We have partnered with the American Mobility Center [ACM], Willow Run Airport and RACER Trust to determine the best way to re-do the utility and entrance […]

Introducing Our Rosie the Riveter Drill Team

Update: The “Willow Run Rosies” Drill Team will be featured in the televised Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade on 11/24/2016. Watch on WDIV-TV starting at 9:00am, or click here for other stations and times: http://bit.ly/2fSsKKN) In precision formation, with lunchboxes at the ready, our Willow Run Rosie the Riveter lunchbox drill team is a popular attraction […]

Willow Run’s Own ‘Amelia Earhart’

Before Rosie the Riveter, women were inspired by celebrated female pilot Amelia Earhart. Amelia Earhart was a pioneering aviatrix known as the first female aviator to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean, for which she received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross in 1932. She set several speed and distance records, and was instrumental in […]

Video - inside stroy of how we Saved the Willow Run Bomber Plant

Saving The Willow Run Bomber Plant Presentation Video

Listen and watch as Dennis Norton tells the fascinating story of how the Yankee Air Museum acquired a portion of the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant, and learn about the history of the portion of the building that Yankee acquired through its Save The Willow Run Bomber Plant campaign. Includes lots of great historical photos, and modern […]

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Photo Gallery – Willow Run Rosies at Secret City, Tennessee

Save The Bomber Plant’s “Willow Run Rosies” had a great time at the Secret City Festival in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. They learned about top secret nuclear research and manufacturing done at Tennessee’s “Secret City” during WWII by the “Calutron GIrls” and made many new friends, while sharing the latest news about the Willow Run Bomber […]

New Ypsilanti Township Firetruck Honors Bomber Plant

Ypsilanti Township is proud of its history, and we’re proud of YTown for honoring the Bomber Plant with its shiny red firetruck! The new Spartan Crimson truck features graphics celebrating the Willow Run Bomber Plant (located in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan) and its role in WWII history. Graphics on the sides of the truck let everyone know that Ypsilanti […]

Willow Run Memories May–October 2015

Recent submissions to Willow Run Memories Project tell the stories of a 1950s bathing beauty at Willow Run Village, a World War One veteran who was a Willow Run Bomber Plant worker during WWII, a classroom of kids who bought a B-17 bomber to help the war effort, and romance blossoming on the assembly line for Rosie the Riveter. […]

Willow Run Bomber Plant After First Year of Restoration Work

Willow Run Bomber Plant Construction Update March 2016

We saved a 144,000 sq. ft. portion of the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant from demolition in 2014. But there is still a long way to go to turn our piece of the Plant into a Museum. March, 2016 marks the end of one full year of restoration work, and there is a much progress to celebrate! […]

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